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[Again] Introductions presents:‘Feminism’ with Stella Sandford 
Wednesday 4th March, 7pm

‘Playing the Whore:  The Work of Sex Work’ with Melissa Gira Grant

‘Copy Readers Union’ with Vit Hopley and friends
Friday 6th March, 7pm

‘Ain't I A Woman Collective Launch’ with Asabi Hawah, Belinda Zhawi, Annie Rockson, Ayshamar Atkins and Siana Bangura
Friday 20th March, 7pm

‘How Corrupt is Britain?’ with David Whyte
Wednesday 25th March, 7pm

‘Cameron's Coup: How the Tories took Britain to the Brink’ with Polly Toynbee and David Walker
Wednesday 8th April, 7pm

‘Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism’ with Brian Morris
Wednesday 15th April, 7pm

‘The Vegan Book of Permaculture’ with Graham Burnett
Wednesday 22nd April, 7pm

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[Again] Introductions presents:


with Prof. Stella Sandford
Wednesday 4th March 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

The third and final talk in the [Again] Introductions series at Housmans is on the subject of feminism, and will provide an insight into the movement’s latest debates and challenges, from the perspective of the feminist tradition in philosophy and theory.

Stella Sandford is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the CRMEP, Kingston University and has published and taught widely on the intersection of philosophy, feminist theory and politics.


About the Series

[Again] is a London-based organisation aimed at the amplification of an intellectual culture concerned with concepts and problems. We believe that it is possible to propagate such a situation beyond the capacities of the university institution, through the creation and maintenance of an active, independent community. Set up in 2014, Again has hosted numerous talks and reading groups, organized a conference (concerning the philosophy of Georges Bataille), an art exhibition and has much more planned.

The ‘Introductions’ series of talks is aimed at tackling contemporary political issues in an accessible manner. Each 45 minute talk will be given by an expert in the particular field, ensuring an informed, precise summary of the problems and issues raised therein. A hand-out will be provided with a short book list identifying the key texts in that domain should you wish to read further into the subject. For this series, we’ve picked three exciting topics fundamental to the understanding of politics today.

‘Playing the Whore:  The Work of Sex Work’
with Melissa Gira Grant


We’re happy to welcome journalist Melissa Gira Grant on a rare visit from the US to talk about her book Playing the Whore (Verso, 2014), which critiques conditions within the sex industry and challenges many of the pervasive myths about sex work.

We’re happy to welcome journalist Melissa Gira Grant on a rare visit from the US to talk about her book Playing the Whore (Verso, 2014). Sex work and conditions within the sex industry are frequent topics of discussion in mainstream culture and media, but rarely do these discussions include sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers must be saved from their evil industry - a position that New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof repeatedly advocates.

Playing the Whore turns this position on its head, arguing that sex work is fundamentally a form of work, and as in other industries, it is not the labor of sex work that is illegitimate, but rather the working conditions within the sex sector that are abominable.

Based on ten years of writing and reporting on the sex trade, and grounded in the author's personal experience as a sex worker, community organizer and health educator, Playing the Whore dismantles pervasive myths of prostitution, criticizes conditions within the sex industry, and argues that separating sex work from the 'legitimate' economy only harms those who perform sexual labour.

‘Copy Readers Union’ with Vit Hopley and friends

Friday 6th March, 7pm
Free entry

The first of a semi-regular series of public interactions between authors and readers from Copy Press, who publish innovative writing that brings together strands of fiction, philosophy and politics. Vit will introduce her book Wednesday Afternoon.

COPY PRESS is an independent publishing company based in London, dedicated to extending ideas of writing, pictures and readability. Currently publishing 100-page paperbacks under the series name Common Intellectual, each title provides a proposition for living, thinking and enjoyment.

The idea of the common intellectual expresses not only a relation between writer and reader but also an inclusivity that cherishes the common. It is here that ethos of Copy Press, named as the READER’S UNION, constitutes itself and finds momentum: not only do readers become irreducible to market forces but also there comes a pressing need for the development of a space where writers and readers can come in contact with each other and further thought and enjoyment.

DEVELOPING AND CONTACT — a series of events in which a Copy Press author invites three people to do a short 8-10min response/reading of their title from a perspective of what can be developed in relation to their particular concerns, interests or passions.

‘… the truly philosophical element in every work, be it called literature, science or art (or whatever) is its capacity to be developed. This capacity in a work arises when a reader steps in and, as it were, picks something up to take it further.’

‘Ain't I A Woman Collective Launch’

with Asabi Hawah, Belinda Zhawi, Annie Rockson,
Ayshamar Atkins and Siana Bangura

Friday 20th March, 7pm
Free Entry

The Ain't I A Woman Collective is a black feminist community, which aims to centre the voices of women with African ancestry in Europe and beyond. We believe that there is a need for more creative spaces for black women’s voices, writing and well-being, and work to constantly work to carve out such space.

 Joins us at our launch for a night of spoken word and music as we welcome performances by - our host Asabi Hawah - Belinda Zhawi - Annie Rockson - Ayshamar Atkins - Siana Bangura - There will also be a raffle and drinks reception. "

  Find us on social media: 
Twitter: @AIAWC

Instagram: Ain't I  A Woman Collective

‘How Corrupt is Britain?’ with David Whyte
Wednesday 25th March, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

David Whyte introduces a new collection of essays published by Pluto Press exploring the range and depth of corruption amongst the British establishment.

Banks accused of rate-fixing. Members of parliament cooking the books. Major defense contractors investigated over suspect arms deals. Police accused of being paid off by tabloids. The headlines are unrelenting these days. Perhaps it’s high time we ask: Just exactly how corrupt is Britain?

‘How Corrupt is Britain?’ published by Pluto Press (2015) and edited by David Whyte brings together a wide range of leading commentators and campaigners, offering a series of troubling answers. Unflinchingly facing the corruption in British public life, they show that it is no longer tenable to assume that corruption is something that happens elsewhere; corrupt practices are revealed across a wide range of venerated institutions, from local government to big business.

These powerful, punchy essays aim to shine a light on the corruption fundamentally embedded in UK politics, police, and finance.

About The Author

David Whyte is Reader in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. He is an internationally established author on the subjects of state power and corporate power, having written Crimes of the Powerful: A Reader (Open University Press, 2009) and having co-authored three further books and co-edited four collections on this subject.

‘Cameron's Coup: How the Tories took Britain to the Brink’
with Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Wednesday 8th April, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Toynbee and Walker introduce their new book, an incisive and damning journey across the country to see first-hand the effects of the coalition on Britain, and ask are these changes irrevocable?

The NHS devastated without so much as a by-your-leave; Gen Y hung out to dry; legal aid cut for the vulnerable; social housing on the brink of collapse...Cameron has been busy. Margaret Thatcher sold off the nationalised industries, her political heirs are intent on leaving an even more radical legacy - selling off the state itself.

Written with their trademark precision and passion, Toynbee and Walker reveal how in four short years a party that failed to win a Commons majority has been devastatingly effective. Blending polls and statistics with moving human stories from Taunton to Teesside, Sydenham to Sheffield, Cameron's Coup shows the alarming reversal in decades of social progress.

As Toynbee and Walker argue, it has been nothing short of a revolution. And they ask the pressing question: are these changes irrevocable?

About the Authors

Polly Toynbee and David Walker have co-authored Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time, Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today, The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Better or Worse: Did Labour Deliver? Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian. David Walker is a contributing editor to the Guardian Public and former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission.

‘Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism’ with Brian Morris

Wednesday 15th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Celebrating the publication of ‘Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism: A Brian Morris Reader’ (PM Press, 2014) Housmans are delighted to welcome Brian Morris to discuss some of the key themes of his work.

Over the course of a long career, Brian Morris has created an impressive body of engaging and insightful writings—from social anthropology and ethnography to politics, history, and philosophy—that have made these subjects accessible to the layperson without sacrificing analytical rigor. But until now, the essays collected here, originally published in obscure journals and political magazines, have been largely unavailable to the broad readership to which they are so naturally suited.

The opposite of arcane, specialized writing, Morris’s work takes an interdisciplinary approach that moves seamlessly among topics, offering up coherent and practical connections between his various scholarly interests and his deeply held commitment to anarchist politics and thought.

Approached in this way, anthropology and ecology are largely untapped veins whose relevance for anarchism and other traditions of social thought have only recently begun to be explored and debated. But there is a long history of anarchist writers drawing upon works in those related fields.

Morris’s essays both explore past connections and suggest ways that broad currents of anarchist thought will have new and ever-emerging relevance for anthropology and many other ways of understanding social relationships. His writings avoid the constraints of dogma and reach across an impressive array of topics to give readers a lucid orientation within these traditions and point to new ways to confront common challenges.

“Brian Morris blazed a lot of trails. He is a scholar of genuine daring and great humanity, and his work deserves to be read and debated for a very long time to come.“

—David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years

“Before there was ’anarchist anthropology,’ there was Brian Morris. This collection introduces the work of an intrepid pioneer, taking anarchist perspectives to where you would least expect them.“

—Gabriel Kuhn, editor and translator of All Power to the Councils! A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918–1919, Liberating Society from the State and Other Writings by Erich Mühsam, and Revolution and Other Writings by Gustav Landauer

“Morris’s acerbic analysis of established literature is matched by nuanced ethnographic analysis. . . . He writes accessibly about complicated matters.“

—Allen F. Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles

About the author

Brian Morris is professor emeritus of anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London. He received a doctorate in social anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, having done his PhD fieldwork among hunter-gatherers in Southern India. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a tea planter in Malawi where he has done extensive fieldwork.

He has written books and articles on topics including ecology, botany, philosophy, history, religion, anthropology, ethnobiology, and social anarchism. After discovering anarchist thought in the mid-1960s, he remained active in various protests and political movements.

His previous political books include The Anarchist Geographer: An Introduction to the Life of Peter Kropotkin; Kropotkin: The Politics of Community; Ecology and Anarchism: Essays and Reviews on Contemporary Thought; and Bakunin: The Philosophy of Freedom.

‘The Vegan Book of Permaculture’ with Graham Burnett
Wednesday 22nd April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

In time for spring, Graham introduces his new book on permaculture, veganism and holistic environmentalism.

How we eat is such a fundamental part of what we are; yet in our present time-poor culture of pre-packed fast foods, food can become an expensive symptom of alienation and disempowerment. It doesn’t have to be this way!

The Vegan Book of Permaculture gives us the tools and confidence to take responsibility for our lives and actions. Creating a good meal, either for ourselves or to share, taking time to prepare fresh, wholesome home or locally grown ingredients with care and respect can be a deeply liberating experience. It is also a way of taking back some control from the advertising agencies and multinational corporations.

In this groundbreaking and original book, Graham demonstrates how understanding universal patterns and principles, and applying these to our own gardens and lives, can make a very real difference to both our personal lives and the health of our planet. This also isn’t so very different from the compassionate concern for ‘Animals, People and Environment’ of the vegan way.

Interspersed with an abundance of delicious, healthy and wholesome exploitation-free recipes, Graham provides solutions-based approaches to nurturing personal effectiveness and health, eco-friendly living, home and garden design, veganic food growing, reafforestation strategies, forest gardening, reconnection with wild nature and community regeneration with plenty of practical ways to be well fed with not an animal dead! This is vegan living at its best.

About The Author

Graham Burnett founded Spiralseed in 2001 and is the author of Permaculture A Beginners Guide and The Vegan Book of Permaculture. He teaches permaculture and works with projects and organisations including Comic Relief, Capital Growth, Bioregional, Naturewise, OrganicLea, Birmingham Decoy, Trust Links, Green Adventure, the Vegan Organic Network, Thrive, Ars Terra (Los Angeles), Ekosense EcoVillage (Croatia) as well as a number of Transition Town initiatives.

As well as cultivating his own garden and allotments, Graham contributes to publications as diverse as Positive News, The Sunday Times, Permaculture Magazine, Permaculture Activist, New Leaves, The Raven, Growing Green, Funky Raw, The Vegan and The Idler.


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